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The State Department is not focused on the Iran nuclear deal at the moment



U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday that the Biden administration is not focused on securing a nuclear deal with Iran amidst widespread protests.


A 22-year-old woman died in police custody after being detained by Iran’s morality police on Sept. 13. The protests were prompted by her death. Amini died in police custody three days later after failing to follow Iran’s strict Islamic dress code for women.


“That’s not our focus right now,” Price said, noting that Washington is focusing instead on supporting Iranian protesters.


“I think it is very clear, the Iranians have made it very clear that this is not a deal that they have been prepared to make. The deal certainly does not appear imminent. Iran’s demands are unrealistic, they go well beyond the scope of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and nothing we have heard in recent weeks suggests they have changed position.”



13 October 2022

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